Wednesday, March 30, 2011
I'm not very good at the whole hulu, youtube, and other tv show streamer deal, but if you're in for a laugh and some beautiful shots of Yosemite search for Oprah and Gayle's Big Yosemite Adventure (and hope you can find a ....legal.... copy of the show online). Otherwise check out the trailers:
The Wiki article on Hetch Hetchy provides an overview of the reservoir controversy.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
"Abusing Open Records to Attack Academic Freedom":
"Wisconsin Gets Weirder":
and this morning's New York Times:
"American Thought Police":
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Over break I went to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and one of the display cases had a variety of weaponry with images of "The Hunt" carved on them. I took a picture of this one because of the image of the deer on it; but it was just one of many swords. I thought this was relevant and worth sharing because it shows that people, and museum curators, maybe see/understand the relevance between nature and culture. I thought it was neat seeing real-life examples of stuff we talked about in lecture-it added another dimension to seeing this in the museum. (When I was there I also saw the Frederick Church painting, Pichincha (the one that was painted in South America) but one of the staff saw me take a picture so I had to be extra stealth so it did not come out very good)
Friday, March 25, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
This past Summer I decided to stay in Ithaca. I wanted to find a job that would connect me more with the community and surrounding areas and after some job searching I stumbled upon an outdoor education program for children known as Primitive Pursuits. I have always been interested and active in outdoor activities and knew that working with children to foster this same interest in them was something that appealed to me. I signed on to be an assistant field instructor for eight weeks of Primitive Pursuits Summer Camp. This experience would allow me to see nature and humans as one in the same as opposed to two separate entities.
Throughout the Summer I learned how to make a fire after walking into the woods with just a knife and a piece of rope, how to make a shelter from things found only in the forest that would keep you warm and dry, how to sneak up on animals and how to hunt using various tools such as the atl-atl, bow and arrow and tomahawk. But most importantly I connected with nature in a way that I had never experienced before.
This experience pushed me to see nature in a different light. I began to think of nature as a balancing agent, something that was capable of bringing me back to reality even when all other aspects of my life seemed to be falling apart. I marveled and continue to marvel at this phenomenon. It was exciting to learn so many new and interesting primitive skills, such as those I discussed above, but even more amazing was this newly discovered force that I found to be essential to the life I was living. In conclusion, I challenge those who dismiss pursuits of a primitive way of life as nonsense, folklore and irrelevant to today to rethink their position on this matter. Might it not be the skills and technicalities of such a pursuit that are valuable but rather a simple questioning of your current state of being?
Check out the Primitive Pursuits program here:
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011